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Locals Concerned Government Shutdown May Happen Again
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The US Government is officially back in business after a 15 day closure. Congress passed legislation to end the shutdown yesterday, and President Obama signed it overnight, making it official. But it's only a temporary solution.
Many Americans are less than amused about the government shutdown, but now that it's over, they're hoping we can finally move ahead.
College of Southern Idaho student Lucas Hanson says, "They want to throw a temper tantrum, and make a lot of people pay for their ego. They won't talk to the other side, they won't compromise, they won't try and work things out to better everyone in the country."
It's a sentiment shared by many Americans. Congress' inability to find a solution has citizens like Elizabeth Davis questioning their ability to lead.
Davis says, "I was raised that you would sit down and you would confront the problem, instead of wait until it gets that bad. We can sit down and / talk about this, before it gets to a point where we're going to have to shut something down. Then sit down and talk about it with everybody else, so they can put everybody's input in."
CSI student David Knowlton says, "That it wasn't really needed, that we could have solved it by doing other issues right, maybe cutting in other areas."
After fifteen days in limbo and daily debates over which side is responsible for the shutdown, Congress reached an eleventh hour deal late Wednesday night. But many citizens compared the whole process to a child's temper tantrum, instead of adults hammering out a mature agreement.
Hanson says, "There's still a lot of problems. They haven't resolved anything by first, shutting the government down. And after they stop the shutdown, they're going to have to do a lot more work to make sure this doesn't happen again."
A scenario that could indeed happen again when the current deal expires in three months.
The compromise will keep the government operating through January 15th, and lift the debt ceiling until the 7th of February.
October 17, 2013.